Is Overtime a Waste of Time?

In recent years, the poor economy, and massive lay-offs, have led to an extended work-week. If you work at a corporate job, and you are on salary, you most likely work well over 40 hours. A new infographic reveals what HR pros already knew, although we are undoubtedly working more, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re working better.

In fact, it appears that the more hours over 40 a week, or 8 a day we work, the less productive we become. As anyone who has ever worked a twelve hour shift knows, at a certain point you just check out mentally. So instead of taxing everyone’s mental, physical, and emotional states, for very little output, let your employees have a forty hour work week. As an HR pro, it’s your job to keep up with productivity trends. As it turns out, employees working less, may get you more.

The infographic establishes that employees in the US are indeed overworked in comparison to most other industrialized nation, and workers. Any HR pro could have told you that. More importantly, the infographic offers data to help further establish that working 60 hour work weeks, and twelve hour days, actually hurts your productivity.

While it may be tempting to overwork your salaried employees, it’s not a good business decision. When you consider the toll it takes on employees mental health, the absenteeism that happens as a result, and the fact that employees who work an additional twenty hours only do the work of ten in a forty hour week, all that over time becomes much less desirable.

Any well-researched HR pro can tell you that happy employees, are more productive. Happy employees are also much more likely to come up with innovative ideas. This all applies to healthy employees as well. The negative health impact of overtime, both mentally and physically, serves as a warning that sometimes when it comes to work: less is more.



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